Showers develop overnight, soaking rain from Zeta Thursday

Forecast

Around 2" of rain expected for much of the area...

EVENING: Mostly Cloudy. Hi 60.

TONIGHT: Scattered Showers Late. Lo 50.

WEDNESDAY: AM Clouds, PM Sun. Hi 63.

Clouds are making a comeback as we track a weak shortwave rotating through the Great Lakes. This wave will bring scattered showers with it locally but not until after midnight. Around 0.10″ or less is expected from these showers. Tomorrow will feature plenty of clouds to start along with a few showers, but at least partial sunshine will break out by the afternoon. Highs will be in the low to mid 60s with more of a southwest flow.

After Wednesday, we focus on Zeta. The remnants of Zeta will bring a soaking rain to the area starting Thursday morning and lasting into Thursday night. The rain will be quite steady throughout Thursday before becoming showery Thursday night into Friday morning. Total rainfall projections average between 1 to 2 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts possible. Much of this rain tapers off Friday morning (near 9am for most locations), with a chilly northwest breeze developing for the remainder of the day.

The weekend starts of quite chilly, but offers lots of sunshine Saturday and clear skies for any Halloween plans Saturday night.

-Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder

Right now, consensus favors around 2″ of rain for Central PA, with locally heavier amounts possible if the storm tracks just to our south. Trick-or-Treat Thursday will be difficult with steady rain almost a certainty. Showers should taper off by Friday evening but it will be chilly and breezy as cooler air moves in on the backside of the storm. It looks as though rain could end as snow for the northern tier of Pennsylvania on Friday. By Friday night, temperatures will plunge into the lower 30s, with some of the coldest air of the fall season on the way. It will be windy later Friday behind the storm too, so get ready!

By Halloween, high pressure settles in which will finally bring the return of sunshine, but it will be chilly with highs only around 50° during the afternoon. Sunday will be pleasant for most of the day, with a few late day showers possible from another cold front. We’ll keep you posted!

-Meteorologist Adis Juklo

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